** MEXICO. I still keep a TV monitor running on open channel 3 or 2 much of the time, and Aug 15 finally rewarded by a late-season sporadic E opening from Mexico fading in at 2009: Spanish infomercial about some diagnostic medical device, with phone 5440-7100 in large numbers permanently at screen bottom, as `teléfono directo`. On brief peaks could make out “3tv“ bug in upper right, which means XHP Puebla. Still out and in to 2020 mention of “No Duda Más“ seemingly title of show. Tried to look it up in TVG online for Puebla, but cable system there apparently does not carry this local station! No must-carry rules?
At 2030 had brief fade-in of a PSA for IEPC TABASCO, which points to XHVIA, Villahermosa, as in http://www.w9wi.com/channels/3.html altho it is an XEW network-2 relay and I am not sure whether it would be inserting local PSA; but even less likely any other station would for Tabasco. Googling soon explains initialism: Instituto Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana.
Strangely enough, if I had been relying on DX Sherlock maps for 6m Es openings, http://www.vhfdx.net/spots/map.php?Lan=E&Frec=50&Map=NA
I would never have know there was anything going on, tho there were plenty of reports on http://dxworld.com/tvfmlog.html the TV-FM Skip Log.
More programming from XEW-2 Canal de las Estrellas network seen on channel 3, which may or may not have been XHVIA: at 2109, saw words on screen “La Hora del Patito“, which is part of the current XEW program “Muévete“. 2113 Televisa promo showing music video for different way of watching, online with “Tvolucion“. See http://www.tvolucion.com/
At 2118 back to 3TV Puebla with variety show involving dancing, Jackson imitator Moonwalking, 2125 (not very) high jump competition.
2143, from 5-network with bug in upper right, probably XHBQ Zacatecas, movie with snowy urban scene, Will Ferrell, must be Elf, yes scheduled on that net from 2030 UT, as “El Duende“.
2155, another net-2 promo on 3, and not much after that. There was occasional activity on channel 2 itself, but mostly stayed on 3 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. Monitored REE`s DX program Amigos de la Onda Corta UT Sat Aug 15 0505-0530 on http://www.rtve.es/rne/audio/RNEReal.ram webcast instead of SW 6055, 5965 or 9630. Entire program devoted to interview with REE tech director José Antonio García M.— about DRM plans. Yes, they will have one DRM transmitter going toward NAm by yearend at Cariari, COSTA RICA, and plan to add another after that, which could cover SAm or any other target.
Besides the one DRM at Noblejas, plans to add three or four more DRM-capable in next few years as old transmitters are replaced, but also continue analog. That was about the only significant `news` but he and Antonio Buitrago managed to converse for 25 minutes. Also mentioned relay exchange with China. Show repeats at 0005 UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Music Time in Africa, the excellent weekend show on VOA at 2000-2100 Sat & Sun, is now best heard here on 17895, since Greenville is currently the transmitter site. Of course, you need to be beyond the skip zone and/or benefiting from a closer sporadic E opening. Introduction at 2003 Aug 15 about acoustic guitars in Africa. (Too bad we have to specify `acoustic` these days, even concerning Africa.) Supposedly // are 15580 Botswana, which may suffice closer to Greenville, and 9885 which according to registrations switches from Botswana to Greenville in the middle of the hour — but no sign of anything there at 2037 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 7910-7965 approx., pulses presumably OTH radar from China, Aug 15 at 1335, higher pitched than usual, and with quick interruptions for other noises, so could be something else? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###